Journal article

Safety and Efficacy of an On-Site Intensive Treatment Protocol for Mild and Moderate Sympathomimetic Toxicity at Australian Music Festivals.

Ned Douglas, James Carew, Damian Johnson, Madeline Green, Nicholas Wilson, Jake Donovan, Tim Mulherin, Lachlan Holbery-Morgan, Elyssia Bourke, Erin Smith

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine | Published : 2020

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Serotonin and sympathomimetic toxicity (SST) after ingestion of amphetamine-based drugs can lead to severe morbidity and death. There have been evaluations of the safety and efficacy of on-site treatment protocols for SST at music festivals. PROBLEM: The study aimed to examine the safety and efficacy of treating patients with SST on-site at a music festival using a protocol adapted from hospital-based treatment of SST. METHODS: The study is an audit of presentations with SST over a one-year period. The primary outcome was need for ambulance transport to hospital. The threshold for safety was prospectively defined as less than 10% of patients requiring ambulance transport to hos..

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